NORWAY — Norway Savings Bank contributed another $10,000 in February to the Vinking FUNds program, which pays for student field trips, including over 20 locations around New England, from Maine Wildlife Park in Gray to the Museum of Science and Freedom Trail in Boston.

Viking FUNds is a nod to the Oxford Hills’ mascot.

All students have benefited, including at schools in Norway, Oxford, West Paris, South Paris, Otisfield, Harrison, Hebron and Waterford, according to a news release from the bank.

In late 2022, after receiving many requests from teachers and administrators in School Administrative District 17 for student programs at several elementary schools, the bank decided to do its best to help enrich every student it could at once. The bank has contributed over $40,000 in 15 months.

“Many schools across the country have been forced to make difficult decisions in recent years, including the elimination or minimization of field trips in budgets, forcing families to raise the funds in some cases,” Dan Walsh, president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank, said. “NSB is a huge promoter of providing learning opportunities for our children that make a positive impact on the students without adding financial stress to their families.”

“This funding has allowed us to give our students experiences they would otherwise not have had,” Jessika Sheldrick, principal of Otisfield Community School, said, adding that the donation “has helped us broaden the students’ horizons.”

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